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Inpatient Mental Health Visitation Guidelines

It is our goal to provide the highest quality of healthcare to our patients. In order to do so, we have established some guidelines for our visitors. Many of these guidelines are in response to mental health laws and regulations and all of our guidelines seek to protect the safety, rights, and confidentiality of our patients. Please review these guidelines before you visit.


  • Visiting Hours - Visitors are only allowed during scheduled visiting hours.
  • Flu Season - Two adult visitors per patient. Please do not enter hospital property if you are experiencing, or may have been exposed to, flu symptoms.
  • Visitor Identification Badges - You must check in with the receptionist in the lobby before you present to the units. The receptionist will provide you with a dated visitor sticker when you sign in and we require that you wear this sticker in a prominent place at all times while on our grounds. If you present to the units without this sticker, you will be asked to return to the receptionist. Visitor ID Badges must be surrendered to staff when visitation is over.
  • Purses, Backpacks, Bags, Cell Phones, Food & Drink Items, etc. - No visitors are allowed to bring these items on the units. It is our suggestion that you leave these items locked in the trunk of your vehicle. (Don't forget your keys!)
  • Children - Minors aged 14 and older are allowed to visit only with an accompanying parent or guardian and may be asked to visit in a separate area.
  • Visiting in Patient Rooms - All visitors must remain in common areas on the unit. You are not allowed to visit in a patient’s room or behind closed doors.
  • Flowers & Balloons - We strongly discourage our visitors from bringing these items to the hospital. If flowers or balloons are brought in, they will be kept at the nurses’ station and cannot be in patient rooms. We suggest that you wait until the patient returns home to present these items so that they can fully enjoy them.
  • Patient Belongings & Valuables - If you are bringing items to leave with a patient (i.e. clothing, toiletries, etc.), please give all items to the staff when you enter the unit. Some items may be sent home with you if they are considered to be contraband.

The following items are considered “contraband” and not allowed in the hospital. If you bring one of these items to the hospital, we will ask you to take it home or we will need to store it until the patient is discharged: 

  • Alcohol or any drug-related paraphernalia
  • Sharp objects such as razors, scissors, glass bottles, mirrors, needles, pins, aluminum cans, spiral   notebooks, keys, makeup pencil sharpeners, paper clips, hair clips, underwire bras, or any item with sharp edges or which could be broken to create sharp edges
  • Shoelaces, belts, pantyhose, rope, headbands, ace bandages, clothing with drawstrings or long ties, any item with an electric cord
  • Matches and lighters, aerosol cans or fireworks of any kind
  • TVs, stereos, video games, CD players/recorders, computers, pagers, cell phones
  • Magazines, books, pictures or clothing items depicting drug or alcohol use, violence, racism, gangs, sexual situations or activities, or otherwise potentially offensive material
  • Cameras, camcorders or any other type of audio or visual recording device
  • Weapons of any kind, candles or incense, plastic bags 
  • Other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous by our clinical staff

We hope that you enjoy your visit to Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please ask a member of our staff.